Comedian/actor Russell Brand has axed a string of stand-up shows as his mother is battling breast cancer. The funnyman uploaded a video message on YouTube.com as part of his The Trews series, telling fans his mum Barbara has been diagnosed with the disease. He says, "My mother has currently got breast cancer." On Thursday night (06Mar14) he scrapped a show in Coventry, England, tweeting fans, "Sorry to eff you around with gigs. My mum ain't well (sic). Tix (tickets) will be honoured or refunded." Brand has now axed another sold-out stand-up gig in Derby, England on Friday (07Mar14), as well as a show in Plymouth, England on Saturday (08Mar14). A statement from bosses at Derby's Assembly Rooms venue reads, "We are very sorry, but have just been informed by the promoter that due to a family illness, Russell is unable to perform this Friday."